Major David L. Horne
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Santa Claus, IN
David L. Horne USMC Retired, of Santa Claus, Indiana died on September 19, 2013 at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand, IN. He was born in Dixfield, Maine on October 10, 1936 to Harold Horne and Evelyn (Starbird) Irish. He married Catherine Knauer on August 22, 1959.
Surviving is wife Catherine of Santa Claus, IN. Two children Shane Horne wife Sharon of Haubstadt, IN. and Holly Smith husband Matt of Evansville, IN; brother Donald Horne wife Lynn of Dixfield, ME; brother Mark Irish of West Peru, Maine, sister Mairjke Jones husband William of Spring Hill, FL and sister Wendy Weber husband Robert of Herndon, VA; and 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchild. Several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Troy Horne.
Major Horne after graduated from High School in 1955, enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was involved in the Cuban Crisis in 1962 and in 1963. In 1965, Major Horne was one of the first Units to set foot on the soil of the Republic of Vietnam. After obtaining the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, Major Horne was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in September of 1967. In 1968, he returned to Vietnam as Commanding Officer of 1stt Marines. Major Horne stepped on a Land Mine in January of 1969, and ended up being hospitalized in Chelsey Massachusetts. After several months he was release from the Hospital.
Major Horne fought to stay in the Marine Corps and spent several months learning to walk. He had to pass the PFT in order to remain on active duty. Major Horne had special boots made that laced to his knee. He ran for years in these boots and never took them off until he went to bed. In 1971 Major Horne was assigned Commander of Security Company, Marine Barracks Pearl Harbor. Hawaii. In 1974 Major Horne was assigned to the Inspector Instructor Staff in Evansville, Indiana for 4 years. He officially retired in 1979 after serving 24 years in the Marine Corps.
He then set up residence in Santa Claus, Indiana. He was employed by NERCO Coal Company as Manager of Transportation in Indiana.
In 1997 Major Horne embarked on a different kind of Mission. He began a fund raising campaign, and he began training for the GTE,
, and "Big Ride across America". Major Horne completed a 3000 mile bicycle ride from Seattle, Washington to Washington, DC, in 47 days.
Major Horne is the recipient of Two Bronze Stars; Two Purple Hearts; The Combat Action Ribbon; Two Presidential Unit Citations; Two Naval unit Citations; Two Good Conduct Awards; The National Defense Metal; The Marine Expeditionary Metal; Five Republic of Vietnam Service Awards; The Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and several more. Major Horne's acts of heroism have been featured in such publications as "Rumor of War" by Philip Caputo and UNo Shining Armor" by Otto Lenrack.
No funeral. Private Graveside service at the Dale, Indiana Cemetery to be announced at a later date. Bradley's Colonial Chapel, Boonville is assisting the family. Condolences to the family can be sent to www.bradleyscc.com
Bradley's Colonial Chapel
1005 E. Main St. Boonville, IN 47601
Published in Courier Press on Sept. 22, 2013